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09/03/2014 01:46 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Emmitt Smith On Michael Sam: He's 'No Different Than Anybody'

NFL veteran Emmitt Smith sounded off on recent controversy surrounding Michael Sam, who was left off the St. Louis Rams' final 53-man roster and their practice squad last week.

On Sept. 3, Sam was signed to the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad, a new position which gives him a "tremendous opportunity," according to Smith.

"If he's on the practice squad, that's the beginning," Smith, who played with the Cowboys from 1990-2002, told HuffPost Live. "And if he's getting the practice and doing what he needs to do...as the course of the season goes on, there will be injuries."

Despite Texas' conservative reputation, Smith didn't expect Sam, who became the first openly gay man to be drafted into the NFL earlier this year, would face any challenges related to his sexuality.

"Maybe fans [are] going to heckle, but that's everywhere you go," he said. "I'm sure he's accustomed to it. It's part of the game."

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